John Carpenter didn't sue Hideo Kojima because 'he's a nice guy'


"John Carpenter (Ghosts of Mars; Gorgon, the Space Monster) recently talked to Hollywood Reporter about his successful plagiarism suit against French director Luc Besson (Léon: The Professional) whose recent film Lockout rips off Carpenter's classic Escape From New York."

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Stringerbell1275d ago

On a complete side note crediting Carpenter with Ghosts of Mars; Gorgon, and the Space Monster? Yeah okay, I'd be more inclined to lead with The Thing, Big Trouble, and Halloween thats just me though =p

DLConspiracy1275d ago

Lol I thought the same damn thing. Hell even "Assault On Precinct 13"! In any case Bubbs for naming "The Thing" first. One of my most cherished movies.

robtion1275d ago

Exactly. Mentioning Carpenter and not The Thing is just insane. I like that movie almost as much as the original Alien, it's a classic.

morganfell1275d ago (Edited 1275d ago )

Agreed. And for once, the sequel, which is a prequel, is very well made as they went right down the line with Carpenter's movie, the events and even the music. It details the events at the Norwegian Camp that occurred before Carpenter's 82 version.

Kyosuke_Sanada1275d ago

Ugh.....this reminds me that the Big Trouble remake is on the way.
-barfs off screen-

Bathyj1275d ago

I think that was a joke, surely.

Bobafret1275d ago

They used it as a backhanded insult, naming a few of his worst movies. Why not mention Escape From New York, the very movie Snake was stolen from?

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DarkOcelet1275d ago

" Carpenter said, "but I told them not to do that. I know the director of those games, and he’s a nice guy, or at least he’s nice to me."

I like how Carpenter handled this one. Kojima looks like a really nice troll guy though so its hard to sue him.

Viryu1275d ago

Oh 'Muricans, your sues never cease to amuse me.

DLConspiracy1275d ago (Edited 1275d ago )

Holding someone accountable for stealing someones ideas isn't exactly an American practice. You shouldn't use someones ideas without permission. It's common courtesy. Not to mention tacky to not try and be original.

rdgneoz31275d ago

Being from Murica, people sue for the dumbest sh!t. Hell, you have families of criminals who assault / try to kill people and get shot by police, suing and getting millions as a result.

OT: Because MGS is an exact copy of Escape from New York, yah.... He may have gotten €80,000 for the movie from the French courts, but he would only have gotten a bill from his lawyers if he tried to go after Kojima.

DLConspiracy1275d ago (Edited 1275d ago )


Nice generalizations and assumptions. Should we all watch the news and make stereotypes of every country based on a few people and news articles? I'm American and I have never sued for anything in my life. Yes it does happen but what he and you are saying is offensive when you generalize a nation.

I could generalize about what people who like Anime and My Little Pony.I won't because it's not polite to generalize things.

You don't steal ideas from people and if you do you should be shamed held accountable for it.

Pintheshadows1275d ago

How about (Escape From New York, The Thing, They Live, Big Trouble in Little China).

Bathyj1275d ago

You can sue for that? Ripping the story off but a totally different setting and characters? Why didn't Kurosawa sue John Sturges for the magnificent seven?

Plus I always thought Snake was a deliberate homage not a rip off.

rdgneoz31275d ago

It's probably why they only got €80,000 and not the €3 mill they wanted. It's basically a crappy "save the president's daughter" movie (which there are many of) in space. Hell, there are how many zombie apocalypse or cop (etc) movies out there and you don't see copy right lawsuits left and right.

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iceman061275d ago

Yep. It get's a bit dicey with IP and copyright law. But, generally, you can sue. Whether or not you get the big payday is up to how much the courts see the connection that you do or at very least how much you can prove of that assertion.

Angeljuice1275d ago

Then Kojima would have been in serious trouble had they decided to go ahead with the suit as he has always openly stated that the game character was based heavily on the movie.

Would he even dispute it in court? I think he has been quoted too many times to argue under oath.

iceman061275d ago

@Angeljuice...maybe the connection between Kojima and his love and respect for the character Snake Pliskin and the movie keeps Carpenter from filing? It's the difference between paying homage or keeping the spirit and completely ripping something off with intent to do so. Or, perhaps it's just the differing media not being in direct competition? Who knows!!!